The research topic is motivated by a theoretical ambition to apply the paradigm of social time acceleration for explaining outcomes of complex changes in post-communist societies, using Estonian transformation as an empirical example. Our objective is to apply theoretical elaborations for developing combined quantitative and qualitative methodology to analyze the effects of social time-space compression on the macro, meso and micro levels of the social system. The research program, being realized through synthesis of three disciplinary traditions in the research team and five subtopics, focuses on the roles of mediated communication as related to people’s coping with accelerated social and technological changes. Expected findings will, inter alia, allow constructing alternative scenarios for the future of Estonian information society, taking into account the need to maintain a high level of innovation while preserving cultural continuity, democracy and sustainable pace of development.

Principal investigator:
      › Halliki Harro-Loit, professor, PhD

       › Viivika Eljand
       › Marju Himma-Kadakas
       › Marten Juurik
       › Katrin Kello
       › Roosmarii Kurvits
       › Marianne Leppik
       › Kadi Lubi
       › Anu Masso
       › Meedi Neeme
       › Heino Nurk
       › Karmen Palts
       › Mari-Liisa Parder
       › Eva Ingerpuu Rümmel
       › Ene Selart
       › Regina Salmu
       › Sander Salvet
       › Kadri Ugur
       › Triin Vihalemm

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